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The TOXNET database is retiring on December 16, 2019. Much of TOXNET’s information will remain accessible and will be incorporated into other resources including PubChem, PubMed, and NCBI’s Bookshelf:
- PubChem will incorporate the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), ChemIDPlus, and the Chemical Carcinogenesis Research Information System (CCRIS); the CCRIS includes information from 1985-2011 and is no longer updated.
- PubMed will incorporate information from TOXLINE, the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology Database (DART)
- Bookshelf will incorporate LactMed and LiverTox
Some TOXNET resources have been retired but related resources remain accessible:
- TOXMAP data remains accessible via the Government of Canada National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI), U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. EPA Clean Air Markets Program, U.S. EPA Geospatial Applications, U.S. EPA Facilities Registry System (FRS) , U.S. EPA Superfund Program, U.S. EPA Toxics Release Program (TRI), U.S. NIH NCI Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER), and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
- Comparative Toxicogenomics Database is accessible via NC State University.
- Household Product Safety information remains accessible via the Consumer Product Information Database
- HazMap remains accessible via its original content provider
- Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) is accessible via the EPA
- ALTBIB is accessible via the U.S. National Library of Medicine
AccessMedicine has introduced several new features to support learning across the continuum of medical education – from undergraduate to continuing medical education. AccessMedicine features nearly 150 full-text books including key titles such as Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine (20th ed), Basic & Clinical Biostatistics (4th ed.), and Symptom to Diagnosis: An Evidence-Based Guide (3rd ed.).
In addition to its full-text library, AccessMedicine offers resources to support study and learning. To complement its already robust collection of drug information, multimedia materials, cases, and study tools, AccessMedicine has introduced several new features including:
- Auscultation Classroom – six heart sound modules have been released and 20 additional modules will fall during the first several months of 2020. Aortic Regurgitation, Aortic Stenosis with Regurgitation, Innocent Murmur, Normal Heart Sounds, S3 Gallop, and S4 Gallop are already available.
- Goodman & Gilman’s Annual FDA Approvals provide brief evidence summaries for recently approved drugs and biologics.
- A new video series, The Best Minds in Medicine, launches with an interview of Dr. Seymour Schwartz who is known for Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery (11th ed),
Maingot’s Abdominal Operations (13th ed), and numerous other publications.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), an onset of depressive symptoms during winter months, affects an estimate of .4%-2.9% of the population. The causes of SAD are still unclear, however everything from genetics to diminished light may play a factor. While its seasonal nature means SAD symptoms abate in the Spring, that doesn’t mean you have to slog through the winter with symptoms like loss of interest, hypersomnia, or irritability. There are many treatments available, from light therapy to antidepressants.
Pjrek et al. (2019) conducted a systematic review of randomized controlled trials exploring the efficacy of bright light therapy (BLT) as a treatment for SAD. Their review found that these trials proved BLT an effective treatment for SAD, though these trials included smaller sample sizes and larger clinical trials would be preferable.
If you want to try BLT at home, The Cut published a list of the 6 best light therapy lamps available on Amazon. They range in price from $65 to $230 for a large floor lamp. The Strategist from New York Magazine also published their list of recommendations, and it includes two pairs of light therapy glasses! Light therapy glasses work just like light therapy lamps, but are more compact and portable.
Image Source: McCasland, J. (2013). Battling the winter blues [online image]. Retrieved December 11, 2019 from https://www.barksdale.af.mil/News/Photos/igphoto/2000887742/
How can you talk with patients about vaccines? How can you address vaccine hesitancy, combat myths and misinformation, and save lives?
Himmelfarb Library recently added Let’s Talk Vaccines: A Clinician’s Guide to Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy and Saving Lives to our online and print collections. Let’s Talk Vaccines covers everything from the science of vaccine safety to the psychology of risk communication. It includes real-life examples and thoughtful, evidence-based techniques that will help patients understand vaccines and make informed decisions.
Let’s Talk Vaccines is useful to primary care providers, pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, and public health advocates. The book provides an excellent framework for how to approach difficult discussions, with the goal of improving the health of each patient as well as the community at large. The book uses a patient-centered approach to
- Directly address the increasing trend of parents choosing not to vaccinate their children, including the history and psychology of the anti-vaccine movement.
- Examine the issues underlying vaccine hesitancy, answering the common questions and concerns that vaccine-hesitant patients may raise during office visits.
- Help you dispel myths and fears that many patients have, with particular attention paid to misinformation and skepticism on social media.
- Cover the anti-vaccine movement’s assertions about autism, autoimmune illnesses and allergies, toxic ingredients, overwhelming the immune system, conspiracies, and more – bringing you up to date with the most common issues and effective approaches to the vaccine discussion.
- Provide practical tips on approaching the vaccine-hesitant parent and how anti-vaccine patients change their minds, with a focus on remaining a positive partner in your patients’ care and finding greater success in your vaccination efforts
Let’s Talk Vaccines is available online from both on- and off-campus locations. Himmelfarb Library’s print copy is currently available on the New Book Shelf (QR189 .L37 2020) and is available for checkout.
Himmelfarb’s Humanities and Health Collection is much more than a leisure reading collection. These books can provide insight into the lives and experiences of those who have been sick and those who provide care.
Himmelfarb Library selectively acquires books in the Literature in Medicine genre for its Humanities and Health Collection. The collection is located on the first floor of the library, near the information desk and includes more than 200 titles that can be checked out for up to 9 weeks.
Here’s a sampling of a few of the titles available:
Awdish, Rana. In Shock : My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope . First edition. New York: St. Martin’s Press; 2017. (R154.A93 A3 2017)
Day, Carolyn. Consumptive Chic : a History of Beauty, Fashion, and Disease . London ;: Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc; 2017. (RA644.T7 D39 2017)
Lerner, Barron H., Lerner, Phillip I. The Good Doctor : a Father, a Son, and the Evolution of Medical Ethics . Boston: Beacon Press; 2014. (R725.5 .L47 2014)
Obreht, Téa. The Tiger’s Wife : a Novel . 1st ed. New York: Random House; 2011. (PS3615 .B73 T54 2011)
Picoult, Jodi. My Sister’s Keeper : a Novel . New York: Washington Square PressBooks; 2006. (PS3566.I372 P53 2004)
Solzheni︠t︡syn, Aleksandr Isaevich. Cancer Ward . New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1968. (PG3488 .O4 R313 1968)
Tweedy, Damon. Black Man in a White Coat : a Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine . First Picador paperback edition. New York: Picador; 2016. (R154.T84 A3 2015)
You can browse the Humanities & Health Collection in the Online Catalog or come into Himmelfarb and browse the physical collection.
Himmelfarb Library provides clinical apps for free download! DynaMed, Lexicomp and Epocrates Plus (premium) provide clinical information including up to the minute disease and drug information. All three apps provide access to information whether or not you have WiFi or data access at your point of need.
For each app, download the free app from the iTunes store or Google Play, and then follow the instructions on Himmelfarb Library’s App Shelf in order to connect your app to Himmelfarb’s subscription.
If you prefer not to install the app, you can access these resources via 24/7 web access from Himmelfarb Library’s webpage. DynaMed and Epocrates Plus are mobile-optimized so will display well whether you’re accessing these information tools on your cell phone, a tablet, or computer.
If you have any questions, please contact Laura Abate (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Feeling stressed about the calories to come? Fear not, for there are abundant ways to eat well and to enjoy the food you make this holiday season. From pumpkin soup to apple salad with figs and almonds, there is no shame in indulging in savory and sweet temptations that don’t break the scale.
Instead of the fatty foods or dishes smothered in butter, why not reinvent Thanksgiving with something that will not only taste good, but promote healthy eating? The Mayo Clinic has several recipes you can try, like their Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup, Honey Glazed Sweet Potatoes, and a Rustic Apple-Cranberry Tart. These recipes pack flavor that is low in fat and sodium. No need to reach for the stretch pants with these healthy meals!
Regardless of your dietary needs, there is something for everyone, like this low carb Broiled Shrimp with Buttermilk Remoulade from CookingLight, or the vegetarian-friendly Beet Hummus with Blue Cheese and Walnuts. The options are endless. What hors d’oeuvres, main dishes or desserts will you decide to include on your plate this year?
To explore additional recipes, please explore these options identified by Himmelfarb Library:
The question of how digital technologies can promote health is explored in an editorial by GW faculty Lorien C. Abroms recently published in Health Education and Behavior. Dr. Abroms and her co-authors discuss the dominance of social media in current culture and the challenge of identifying its positive and negative health effects.
Among the possible approaches to harnessing social media to promote health, they identify collaboration and partnerships between government agencies and social media companies; scholarship to identify and assess positive and negative health effects of social media; and, social media public health campaigns which are rigorously assessed and evaluated.
To better understand the issues surrounding social media and health and to discover options for the way forward, read the full-text article from Himmelfarb Library‘s collection:
Abroms, L. C., Gold, R. S., & Allegrante, J. P. (2019). Promoting Health on Social Media: The Way Forward. Health education & behavior : the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education, 46(2_suppl), 9–11. doi:10.1177/1090198119879096